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Document ID (ISN)105766
CIS number 06-1361
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mwaiselage J., Moen B., Brňtveit M.
Title Acute respiratory health effects among cement factory workers in Tanzania: An evaluation of a simple health surveillance tool
Bibliographic information Jan. 2006, Vol.79, No.1, p.49-56. 31 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The effects of cement dust exposure on acute respiratory health were assessed among 51 male workers of a cement plant in Tanzania with high exposure and 33 with low exposure. Data on respiratory symptoms were collected during interviews using a structured questionnaire. Peak expiratory flow (PEF) was measured pre-shift and post-shift for each worker. Exposures to respirable and total dust levels were determined from personal sampling. Compared to low exposed workers, high exposed workers had more acute cough, shortness of breath and stuffy nose, and their mean percentage cross-shift decrease in PEF was significantly more pronounced. An exposure-response relationship was found between respirable dust and percentage cross-shift decrease in PEF. Respirable dust exposure ≥2.0mg/m3 versus <2.0mg/m3 was associated with increased prevalence ratio for cough (7.9) and shortness of breath (4.2).
Descriptors (primary) airborne dust; cement industry; cement; respiratory diseases; respirable dust; Tanzania, United Republic of
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; shift work; maximal expiratory flow; exposure evaluation; determination in air; case-control study; short-term exposure; dose-response relationship; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Cement and concrete
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)